# The Math-Whizz Tutor Explained

The Math-Whizz Tutor has been developed in collaboration with some of the world’s leading education experts over the last thirteen years. Our expertise in online adaptive learning promotes raised standards in math and enables educators to experience the impact of this transformative educational tool throughout the United States and around the world.

In the same way as a human tutor, the Math-Whizz Tutor adapts to each child’s individual needs and delivers lessons in line with their unique pace of learning. It guides each student through the underlying Math-Whizz curriculum by providing lessons at the appropriate level of difficulty based upon prior performance.

Math-Whizz champions mastery-based learning. The Tutor will not allow students to progress to the next learning objective within a topic until they have attained deep understanding of the underlying concepts.

### Assessment

The tutoring experience begins with a diagnostic online assessment. In the assessment, the student attempts questions from a sample of topics. As they progress through the assessment, the Tutor tracks their performance and delivers lessons at a level of difficulty that matches the performance – just as a human tutor would do.

For example, if the student excels in the first topic, they will be delivered more challenging lessons in the next topic. Similarly, they will be given less challenging material if they start to struggle.

### Math Age

Once the assessment is complete, the student is assigned a Topic Age for each topic. The average of all these individual values is the student’s overall Math Age.

Math Age has a similar function to that of Reading Age. A Math Age of 7.5 means that the student is performing at the level expected of a seven-and-a-half year old. As a student progresses through each topic, their Topic Age along with their overall Math Age progresses.

Each lesson is assigned a difficulty level depending on where it is placed in the curriculum. If a student has a Topic Age of 9 in Fractions, the next Fractions lesson they see will be at the level a typical 9-year-old can expect to see in the classroom. Math Age is a powerful way of keeping track of each child’s individual progress.

### Learning Journey

Each topic is covered with one learning objective at a time. Most learning objectives come with three-layered support:

- a teaching page (which introduces the concept)
- an interactive exercise (with help built in)
- a test (to check for understanding)

**The Tutor adapts according to the student’s performance within each learning objective:**

**Progression**: If the student passes the exercise and the test for a learning objective, they will be moved on to the next learning objective within that topic.

**Static**: If the student performs moderately well but needs more practice, they will stay on the same topic and learning objective.

**Regression**: If the student fails an exercise, they will be taken back to a lesson with a lower difficulty level in order to fill any gaps. In this way, the Tutor pinpoints specific areas where they need

With these three possibilities in mind, each child’s learning journey is guided by two goals: To support a rounded learning profile and to maintain engagement.

**The future of Math-Whizz**

At Whizz Education, we believe that technology can help deliver what every child deserves: a quality education. That’s why we make sure we remain at the forefront of research and development into virtual online tutoring.

We have worked with international experts in areas including machine learning and speech recognition as part of iTalk2Learn, a collaborative EU project.

The overall aim of the project was to replicate the tutoring behavior of a human tutor even more accurately, by intelligently adapting in response to speech interaction, emotion and historical data, meaning that Math-Whizz will always be the most advanced online virtual tutor, providing you and your students with genuinely transformative educational tools.